Experts swear that the Indigo Bunting is rather common around these parts, especially in the spring and summer, but our readers (and our experience) tell us otherwise. After all, it’s not like the Indigo Bunting is easy to miss – the male’s bright plumage, combining unusual shades of iridescent blue, violet and turquoise is one of the most beautiful sights for bird lovers everywhere. Our readers tell us they watch their bird feeders day after day, waiting for a glimpse of these tiny finch-like birds. So far sightings have been few and far between.
So what can you do to make your back yard more attractive to the Indigo Bunting? Here are some ideas:
Plant flowers, bushes and hedges. The Indigo Bunting loves flower seeds as well as edges, brushes and brushy areas. The males will often sing while perched up on treetops, bushes and telephone lines all summer long. The more your back yard looks like their natural habitat, the more likely they are to come and visit.
Have other birds feeding in your garden. The Indigo Bunting will follow other similar species, such as goldfinches and Blue Grosbeaks, in search of food. Having multiple bird feeders in your back yard (especially thistle or nyjer seed feeders) will make it more attractive to the Indigo Bunting.
Use a mixed seed feeder or a tray feeder designed especially for small birds. We cannot emphasize the importance of using the right birdfeeder. Smaller birds, such as jays, cardinals, grosbeaks and the Indigo Buntings prefer feeders with small perches and easy access to seed. Our readers love our medium mixed seed feeder and our small tray feeder, both of which come in Hanging or Mount styles.
After all, we know you love birds as much as we do, and if we can help you attract even one Indigo Bunting to your back yard this summer, we’ll both be very happy! Feel free to drop us a note if you were lucky enough to see one at your feeder this season – we’d love to hear from you.
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